Welcome to Wiser Now’s weekly email blast which reflects our eclectic interests and, we hope, yours. January 26 is Australia Day, so we’re using it as an opportunity to highlight the Wiser Now Slide Show Australian Adventures, filled with the zany wonders of the continent. We encourage your feedback. (Kathy@WiserNow.com)
"I wonder if it is Australia's great distance from more populated land masses that allows its inhabitants to be left to their own devices, to be incredibly creative and, at times, to be wonderfully weird."
~ (American musician) Henry Rollins
The Quirky Observation
Australia is chock full of natural wonders, but among the man-made wonders are about 150 “Big Things” from a walk-through banana to a big lobster to an oversized beer bottle. I have highlighted a bunch of them in the Australian Adventures slide show, some of which truly are quirky, but it would be unfair to label interest in oversized creations as peculiar to Australians. Claiming to be the world’s largest cow, for example, is the “Salem Sue” Holstein statue found off Interstate-94 in New Salem, North Dakota, which is 38 feet high, 50 feet long, and weighs 12,000 pounds. You can find a bunch of other mostly American Big Things here.
The Quirky Fact
Australian slang is known as “Strine,” a major contraction of the 4-syllable pronunciation of their nationality. They like to make contractions of words by adding a “y” or “ie” to anything they can. Thus, barbie is not a doll, but a barbecue, brekkie is breakfast, and mozzie is a mosquito. You can learn more here.
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